Stéphane is a very talented winemaker who started producing wine in 2000. We are extremely fortunate in securing supplies of two of his wonderful cuvées: Champon’s and Les Grandes Places.
Vineyard & Vinification Note
Domaine Pichat has 4.5 hectares of vineyards in several areas such as Champon’s, Cognet, le Plomb, Fongeant, la Gerine, les Grandes Places or La Caille for Condrieu. The work is different on each plot. They adapt to the type of soil and the layout and exposure of each one. The only goal is to produce the healthiest grapes and mature as much as possible. All the work in the vineyards and treatments performed are sustainable, no use of pesticide or insecticide and the vast majority of their crop protection products are certified organic.
Plot selection on high soil schist
90% from Champon’s, 10% Cognet, Le Plomb, all northern sector.
The Domaine Pichat has in recent years acquired new temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The Domaine combines modern and traditional techniques. For the majority, maturation is done entirely in barrels of 400 litres.
Destemmed, first juice cooled 12 hours at 8-9°C, then 3-4 week vinification, pumping overs, cap punching,
Aged for 24 months in oak barrels.
The 2018 Côte Rôtie Champon’s (100% Syrah) shows more oak on the nose yet has plenty of black fruits, asphalt, liquid violets, and graphite aromas and flavors. It’s rich, medium to full-bodied, has a great mid-palate, and a big finish. It’s certainly a beautiful wine, but I suspect 3-4 years of bottle age will be required. 93-95 Points, Dec 2019
Herbal and lifted, with scents of mixed berries on the nose, the complex 2018 Cote Rotie Champon’s is medium to full-bodied, silky yet firm on the palate. It’s a nice, balanced style that finishes crisp and lively, not over-extracted or overripe. 91-93 Points, Joe Czerwinski, Dec 2019
The perfect partner to meat dishes. Beef casseroles, hearty stews, Moroccan lamb barbecues and rich sausage casseroles such as a cassoulet.